By Matt Constas on June 30, 2014
The 2013-14 college basketball season showed viewers a very talented freshman class, and that the youngsters can come in and be some of the best players in the nation. Here is a look at some of the diaper dandies that will be making some noise during the upcoming 2014-15 season.
This lefty guard ranks 13th in the nation according to ESPN's Class of 2014 rankings, and is the number one player at the shooting guard position. From Louisville, KY, he is also the best player from that state. He is a knock down shooter and loves to get out on the fast break. Look for Russell to provide some offense to a Buckeye team that was lacking in that department last year, and could be one of their best talents since Evan Turner.
Surprised I picked a Kentucky Wildcat? John Calipari will have a loaded front court next season and Towns will be a focal point. Towns is an explosive 6-foot-11 center ranked ninth overall by ESPN and is the number one player in the state of New Jersey. He is going to be a force down low whether he has his back to the basket or he is facing up and taking a mid-range jumper. Expect him or teammate Trey Lyles to take this award.
This Mater Dei forward is the best player from the West, the best small forward and is ranked seventh in the ESPN Top 100. Johnson reminds me of James Young, he will come into college basketball as a very gifted athlete that will have the ability to score around 15 points per game or more for the Wildcats. His handles will definitely break some ankles, he thrives on the fast break and can also hit the three ball.
This guy has got game. The 7-footer is the second ranked player according to ESPN and will dominate on both sides for the Longhorns. He'll block your shot and score down low on your best post defender, but not only will he do that, he will also cross guys up and knock down threes. This guy is a unique talent that might have Rick Barnes just as excited as when Kevin Durant was coming to town. Honorable Mention: Cliff Alexander (Kansas)
The number one player in the land and another Chicago talent for Coach K and Duke. This 6-foot-10, 265 pound beast is ready for anything that will come at him. A shot blocking machine with a gifted post game to go along with a nice touch on his jumper has Blue Devils excited yet again for an incoming freshman. It would have been awesome to see Okafor alongside Jabari Parker, but he will still have the Blue Devils near the top of the ACC.
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